Dr. Phillips Charities Awards $150,000 Grant to Osceola County Public Schools
Increases Access to Music Education
ORLANDO, Fla., July 7, 2022 — Dr. Phillips Charities recently awarded The School District of Osceola County with a $150,000 grant to support the District’s K-12 Music Enhancement Initiative. This Initiative provides equitable access to high quality music education, particularly for children from low-income families who face economic barriers to participation, by putting instruments into the hands of as many students as possible.
“Thank you to Dr. Phillips Charities for this extremely generous donation that will inspire and ignite the creativity and talent of our students,” said Osceola School District Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace. “We will continue to champion music and arts education for all children as it creates well-rounded, well-prepared learners and leaders.”
The support of Dr. Phillips Charities helps meet the needs of Osceola County’s growing class sizes and provides instruments to disadvantaged students through the purchase of 386 instruments for use throughout the District’s elementary schools for use by all students enrolled in music. The remaining instruments will be used by students in grades 6-12 who are unable to afford an instrument to participate in band/ensembles.
“Dr. Phillips Charities is thrilled bring music to the lives of more children in schools within Osceola County,” said Ken Robinson, President and CEO of Dr. Phillips Charities. “Music provides children with transferable skills like focus, patience, and the ability to progressively master skills, and help increase academic performance in other subjects like Math and English. We believe all children should be able to share in these opportunities.”
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About Dr. Phillips Charities
The Dr. Phillips name has been a major economic and philanthropic presence in the Central Florida community since the turn of the 20th century. Dr. Phillips Charities (Dr. Phillips Inc. and The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation) uses the earnings from its investment and real estate income to give financial assistance to hundreds of charities serving primarily in Orange and Osceola counties. Dr. Phillips has contributed more than $210 million in grants, pledges and program-related investments to Central Florida charities responding to the needs of the community and directly touching the lives of thousands of children and families. Learn more at www.DrPhillips.org.